Mill Farms also takes great pride in working alongside Riverview LLP’s Campbell Dairy in Wilkin county Minnesota; www.riverviewllp.com.
Mill Farms takes on the responsibility of coordinating acres of corn for silage and alfalfa for haylage. We work with an elite group of farmers to grow and harvest about 100,000 tons of silage and 10,000 tons of alfalfa annually. This goes to feed the 9,500 cows located at the Campbell Dairy.
Harvest of alfalfa occurs roughly once a month during the summer, at the end of May, June, and July. Silage harvest starts at the end of August and lasts until the middle of September. A timely and efficient harvest is imperative for feed quality. The moisture of the crop must be within a certain range; too wet and it will spoil, but too dry and it won’t ferment properly. Weather can not only effect the moisture of the product being harvested, but can also influence ground conditions making harvest difficult at times.
Mill farms also manages dry manure that is produced by the cows. This is used to help with soil fertility by farmers in the area. Not only is the manure a good source of nutrients, but it adds organic matter back into the soil, which promotes a healthy bacterial ecosystem.